This short document outlines the school-to-prison pipeline, related statistics, and some actions that can be taken. This article examines the school-to-prison pipeline and the steps some individuals and organizations have taken to combat the pipeline in places like Denver, CO, Clayton County, GA, Los Angeles, CA, and Eau Claire Public Schools in Wisconsin. This toolkit includes a section on actions that everyone – including parents, teens, educators and advocates – can take against the school-to-prison pipeline. An article in this issue includes action points for schools and school districts to reorient the pipeline from school to prison, and a section – A teacher`s guide to rerouting the pipeline – that mentions five significant changes in teacher thinking, including not criminalizing students for minor misconduct. The prison pipeline refers to school discipline policies (e.g., zero tolerance) and practices that discourage students from having learning opportunities (e.g., suspension outside of school) and push students out of school (e.g., expulsion, school arrest) and increasingly enter the juvenile and criminal justice systems for minor offenses and non-violent behaviors such as smoking. cigarettes, coming to school without a uniform or using a cell phone. Research and data have shown that racial or ethnic minorities and students with disabilities are disproportionately affected by these policies and practices. Related Terms: School-to-Prison Pipeline, Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline, School to Prison This article explains that while suspensions and expulsions from Denver public schools have decreased significantly, parents and students have continued to push for reform, especially since students of color are overrepresented among those facing school arrests. The report also notes that under a recent agreement, School Resource Officers (SROs) and school officials plan to continue working together, so the presence of SROs does not contribute to the pipeline. This report is designed to help stakeholders move beyond zero-tolerance policies and high-stakes testing, explaining that their mutual reinforcement contributes to hostile school environments and pushes students into the school-to-prison pipeline. It cites evidence that zero-tolerance measures have not improved school safety or student behaviour, and provides examples where other prevention and intervention strategies have been successful. This website cites programs in Chicago, Denver, New York and Philadelphia that aim to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
In this in-depth study of the relationship between U.S. law and the school-prison pipeline, co-authors Catherine Y. Kim, Daniel J. Losen, and Damon T. Hewitt analyzed the current state of the law for each entry point into the pipeline and proposed legal theories and remedies to challenge them. Using real-world state examples and case studies, the authors argue that the law can be an effective weapon in the fight to reduce the number of children trapped in the pipeline, address the pipeline`s devastating impact on families and communities, and ensure that our public schools and juvenile justice promote the purposes for which they were created: Provide meaningful and safe opportunities for all children in the country. An in-depth analysis of legal entry points and remedies in the school-to-prison pipelineThe „school-to-prison pipeline“ is an emerging trend pushing large numbers of at-risk youth – especially children of color – out of the classroom and into juvenile justice. The policies and practices that contribute to this trend can be seen as a pipeline with many entry points, from underfunded K-12 public schools, to the overuse of zero-tolerance suspensions and expulsions, to the explosion of police arrests and public schools.
The coincidence of these practices threatens to prepare an entire generation of children for a prison future. In this in-depth study of the relationship between U.S. law and the school-prison pipeline, co-authors Catherine Y. Kim, Daniel J. Losen, and Damon T. Hewitt analyze the current state of the law for each entry point into the pipeline and propose legal theories and remedies to challenge them. Using real-world state examples and case studies, the authors argue that the law can be an effective weapon in the fight to reduce the number of children trapped in the pipeline, address the pipeline`s devastating impact on families and communities, and ensure that our public schools and juvenile justice promote the purposes for which they were created: Provide meaningful and safe opportunities for all children in the country. Through a series of questions, learn the facts about the practices and policies that impact the pipeline to imprisonment. This action kit was developed by the Advancement Project, informed by its work with community partners, and is designed to help communities understand and complete the journey from school to prison. It explains how people can collect and analyse information and data on school discipline policies and practices, and construct messages that influence positive reforms. The Advancement Project`s Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track program created a school-to-prison pipeline infographic to explain what the pipeline is and how it affects students. This report examines the importance of effective professional development of school staff in order to move from school to juvenile justice and to promote positive youth development.
It presents a three-level model: 1) universal development of school staff and community partners, 2) targeted staff development for all, including school resource workers (SROs) who have regular contact with youth, and 3) intensive staff development for school staff and SROs.